Shakib had reached the SBNS premises for the fitness test of the cricketers, being carried by Bangladesh Cricket Board for the upcoming Bangabandhu T20 Tournament 2020
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan captured all the spotlights on the first day of the fitness test as the cricketer stepped into the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium for the first time in 376 days. Shakib’s one-year ban imposed by the International Cricket Council for failing to report the corrupt approach from an alleged bookmaker ended late last month.
Shakib had reached the SBNS premises for the fitness test of the cricketers, being carried by Bangladesh Cricket Board for the upcoming Bangabandhu T20 Tournament 2020. Around 73 cricketers participated on the first day of the test but Shakib was not among them.
It is understood that Shakib found discomfort and had raised concern over the Covid-19 health safety arrangement given the other cricketers were not tested for Covid-19. Shakib following his arrival from United States on November 6 was tested negative of the virus.
However, BCB trainer Tushar Kanti Howlader informed that BCB physio Julian Calefato wanted to assess Shakib’s physical condition before taking the fitness test.
“He [Shakib] returned after a long time so our physio Julian [Calefato] wanted to consult with him before taking the rest. He is expected to give the test within the next two days,” said Tushar to the media on Monday.
BCB cricket operations commitee chairman Akram Khan was quarried if there should be any concern for the cricketers’ health safety during the round of fitness tests.
“Look we have to make sure the health safety of the players and instructed everyone to follow those. We will undergo the corona virus test of all the payers when we will create the bio-bubble but before that we have ensured the health safety for every cricketer,” said Akram.
Shakib raising concern regarding health safety in BCB fitness test has irked many in the circuit given the recent incident the cricketer was involved in. Former Bangladesh captain Shakib had attended the inauguration ceremony of a super shop in Dhaka in less than twelve hours since his arrival here from his home of United States. Shakib’s participation in the public event was seen opposite to health safety guidelines as the protocol demands a passenger travelling into the country has to undergo mandatory quarantine, even if the person has a Covid-19 negative certificate.
Meanwhile, eight cricketers had failed to meet the BCB fitness test benchmark on the first day.
Hasanuzzaman (10.10), Irfan Hossain (10.10), Arafat Sunny jnr (10.1), Rubel Mia (10.2), Shubhashish Roy (9.8), Iftekhar Sajjad Rony (10.8), Sohag Gazi (9.4) and Avishek Mitra 10.6 had failed to reach level 11 – the passing mark.
Nihaduzzaman topped the test with 13.4 while Robiul Islam and Pinak Ghosh also hit the 13 mark. BCB head of physical performance Nicholas Lee in a message to the media on Monday said majority of the players were found fit and that they are heading towards to gain the match fitness in the coming days.
“Apart from very few all the cricketers looked to be in good shapee during the corona virus lockdown and it seems they have focused on their fitness really well. There are no issues regarding the national and high performance players in terms of fitness. I think we are in a transition from the physical fitness towards the match fitness and I am hopeful we will be able to get that by playing and by the time international cricket resumes in January hopefully,” said Lee.